"When we dance together, my world's in disguise/It's a fairy-tale land that's come true/And when you look at me with those stars in your eyes/I could waltz across Texas with you." When Ernest Tubb wrote these words in 1967, he captured in song the feeling of being lost in a dance--the floating, dreamy sensation you wish would never end. And when painter Gail Wendorf created the pieces that make up the exhibit Waltz Across Texas: Dance Halls and Last Calls, she captured the same feeling in art.
Gail Wendorf's "Big Spring Stampede"
Gail Wendorf's Waltz Across Texas: Dance
Halls and Last Calls is on display at W.J.
Morrill Ltd., 2417 Mahon St., through January 10.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday
through Friday and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Admission is free. Call 214-855-0777.
Wendorf's blurry, brightly colored images, inspired by such Texas staples as Gruene Hall, Bandera Cabaret and Austin's Broken Spoke, re-create scenes from the dance floor: the embraces, the action, the lights and the crowds. Looking at the works, you can almost hear the fiddle and steel guitar. In her artist's statement, Wendorf, a native Texan, writes of the "emotional 'whirl' atmosphere" of her works. "I love being inside the swirl of dancers and color. I love the look of pure joy (or intense concentration) on each dancer's face..."
Audiences can take a whirl of their own through Waltz Across Texasas the series is being shown at W.J. Morrill Ltd. through January 10. The large-scale paintings are so warm and inviting, though, you may be tempted to stay past last call.